‘Anger’ spent o’seas

'Bruce,' 'Furious' in fast lane; other pix in rut

There was a yawning gap between each territory’s top title and everything else last weekend, pointing to an unhealthy reliance on tentpoles and the underperformance of some U.S. films abroad.

Biz idled almost everywhere, not helped by the fact that last Monday was a public holiday in some Euro territories, which inflated the prior Sunday’s takings.

“Anger Management” is a conspicuous underachiever, which choked in Italy last weekend, thrashed by the third lap of “Bruce Almighty.”

To no great surprise in light of its dim domestic preem, “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” was no Einstein in the U.K., managing $1.1 million on 348 screens. New Line’s laffer couldn’t even beat Sony’s modestly budgeted thriller “Identity,” which fetched $1.2 million on 342 in its first major market tryout.

Carrey pic strong

“Bruce Almighty” is testimony to Jim Carrey’s drawing power — in the right vehicle — having opened as a strong No. 1 in 11 territories so far. Last weekend the comedy divined $5.1 million on 705 prints in Germany, $840,000 on 97 in Austria (commanding 60% of the B.O.), $595,000 on 76 in Switzerland and $350,000 on 30 in Israel.

Showing terrific playability, “Bruce” abated by a mere 15% in Brazil, easily retaining pole position with $1.3 million, upping the 10-day total to $3.7 million.

Carrey’s caper fell by 52% in Italy but was still No. 1, generating $1.2 million at the weekend and a stellar $11 million so far. The weekend haul was $10.4 million from 1,721 screens, propelling cume to $27 million.

‘Furious’ in fast lane

“2 Fast 2 Furious” is on track to easily exceed the $62.6 million international B.O. of its predecessor, “The Fast and the Furious.” Sequel revved up $1.8 million on 363 in Mexico, more than doubling the first edition. John Singleton-helmed actioner scored $585,000 on 51 in Taiwan (tripling the original) and $546,000 on 45 in New Zealand (70% bigger). “2 Fast” picked up a snappy $610,000 on 160 in Brazil, doubling the predecessor. Pic nabbed $1.5 million in its second lap in Australia, racing to $6.2 million, past the first film’s $5.2 million total.

“The Matrix Reloaded” amassed an estimated $22.6 million from 7,642 screens in 63 countries, driving the cume to $347.6 million. Sci-fier unearthed $459,000 on 100 in India, its last stop, a WB record and 133% ahead of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Wachowski brothers’ epic minted $9.2 million in its second orbit in Japan, dropping just 17%, excluding sneaks, after notching the territory’s biggest opening week of all time with $30 million. It was the third best soph session ever in Japan, 72% of the first “Potter” and 78.5% of the second.

“Finding Nemo” was the big fish again in its second laps in South Korea (hooking $3.1 million to date, ebbing just 9%) and Singapore ($1.3 million, no drop) and in its third in Malaysia ($1.1 million).

Weak ‘Anger’

“Anger Management” took $526,000 on 373 in ailing Italy after corpsing last week in France — both markets where co-star Adam Sandler is virtually unknown. However, its $390,000 preem on 100 in Russia was decent enough.

Sony/Revolution comedy plunged in its second rounds, taking $5.8 million to date in the U.K. (dropping 52%); $3.1 million in Spain (down 53%); and $2.4 million in Mexico (off 49%). Sony estimated “Anger” drew $5 million on 3,300 screens in 35 markets, sending the cume to $38.3 million, way below domestic’s $133.4 million, with Japan, Brazil, Sweden and Belgium ahead.

“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” didn’t win many admirers in France with $468,000 on 246 or Spain at $592,000 on 217. Romantic comedy hasn’t been embraced in Southeast Asia but has courted an impressive $10.8 million in the U.K., $9.1 million in Germany and $6.8 million in Oz. Cume is $52.4 million, with Japan the only remaining major territory.

“The Recruit” enlisted a puny $800,000 on 241 in a slow frame in France, No. 2 behind local rookie “Le Mystere de la Chambre Jaune.” Colin Farrell/Al Pacino starrer generally has opened at No. 1 with respectable figures during soft trading. Disney/Spyglass thriller has grossed $40.6 million and, with only Japan ahead, is unlikely to match domestic’s $52.8 million.

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